As I write this, it is the morning after our January meeting. What a great attendance we had last night, and what a splendid program Tom Trenney gave us. He was witty, he was informative, and he was inspiring at least he inspired me. I hope all of you enjoyed his workshop and fantastic recital as much as I did.
Many of you, I am sure, saw the photograph of the E. & G. G. Hook organ, recently installed in Rainbow Mennonite Church, which graced the front page of the "Local" section of The Kansas City Star on New Year's Day. It certainly caught my eye what a beautiful example of the art of organ building. The accompanying article was great publicity for organ music in Kansas City. Michael Quimby, whose firm oversaw the restoration and installation of the 140-year-old instrument, described it as the best preserved organ of that era ever to pass through his shops.
We will have the opportunity to hear this marvelous instrument at our meeting on February 16. Bruce Stevens, organist of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, and Adjunct Instructor of Organ at the University of Richmond, will play a program of music mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Mr. Stevens is a champion of historic organs. He frequently plays recitals at the national conventions of the Organ Historical Society, he is recording an ongoing series of CDs devoted to the sonatas of Rheinberger played on historic American organs, and he is the founder and director of Historic Organ Study Tours.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear the newest old pipe organ in the Kansas City area. Join us on Monday, February 16, at Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 Southwest Boulevard, in Kansas City, Kansas. Dinner is at 6:15, and the recital begins at 7:30.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Bill McCandless, Dean
|Three Tone Pieces
|Prelude and Fugue in G Major, op. 37, no. 2||
|Adagio and Allegro in F Minor
for a Mechanical Organ, K. 594
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
|Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major ("St. Anne"), BWV 552
Johann Sebastian Bach
|Partita on Jesu, meine Freude
Johann Gottfried Walther
|Three Preludes for Organ
(Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
|Organ Sonata No. 3 in G Major, op. 88
Bruce Stevens is active as a recitalist across the United States and Europe. He frequently plays for the annual national conventions of the Organ Historical Society, and he has performed for various regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the national convention of the American Institute of Organbuilders. After receiving degrees in music from the University of Richmond and the University of Illinois, he moved to Europe, going first to Denmark for a year of organ study in Copenhagen with Finn Vider and Grethe Krogh. Later he moved to Vienna to become a student of Anton Heiller for several years. He also studied at the Royal School of Church Music near London. Mr. Stevens was a finalist in the American Guild of Organists organ playing competition as well as in other national competitions held in Los Angeles and Fort Wayne. Active as a recording artist, he has recorded seven discs for the Raven Recordings, including an ongoing series of CDs devoted to Josef Rheinberger's organ sonatas played on various historic American organs. Mr. Stevens is organist of the historic Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Richmond, Adjunct Instructor in Organ at the University of Richmond, and director of Historic Organ Study Tours (HOST), which he founded to further the study of historic organs in Europe and elsewhere. He also works as a writer/editor for the Virginia Department of Education.
Our local student organist competition will be held on Saturday, February 28. This is the first step toward the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists. We are offering prize money in the amount of $1,000 to the winner, and $750 and $500 to the second and third-place performers, respectively. The prize money comes from the Luther Crocker Fund. Luther Crocker was an enthusiastic supporter of student activities in the Guild. In the 1960s he served as competition chair and hosted the competition at his church, First Lutheran on State Line Road. So, it is appropriate that the money in the fund set up in his honor should go to support the student competition. If, however, we continue to take all the prize money from the fund, over time the fund will be depleted. We are inviting members of the Greater Kansas City Chapter to donate toward the prizes. If this is something that you wish to do, send your check to Sally Livengood, Treasurer, 5801 NE Peachtree Lane, Kansas City, MO 64119-2244, and clearly mark it for the student organ competition on the memo line.
Sunday 8 February
2009, 4 p.m., Rainbow Mennonite Church, Dedication Recital of the 1869 E. & G. G. Hook organ. Musicians include Rainbow Mennonite's Rosi Penner Kaufman, Carol Buller, Janelle Arnett Campbell, John Albertson, Elvera Voth, a brass quintet, choir, and men's ensemble.
Sunday, 8 February 2009, 5 p.m.,
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd. (at State Line Rd.) Bach Cantata Vespers: J. S. Bach's Cantata #158: Der Friede sei mit dir (Peace Be With You), with William Krusemark, bass, and Bach Vespers Orchestra. William T. Stewart, conductor. The public is invited to this free performance. 816.931.8483.
Friday, 20 February 2009, 12:10 p.m.
Westport Presbyterian Brown Bag Concert. Mary Grant and Nancy Beckmann, violinists with the Kansas City Symphony and Summerfest. Free. Coffee and cookies provided; bring your own lunch. Donations happily accepted.
Friday, 20 February 2009, 7:30 p.m.,
Janette Fishell, organist, Bales Organ Recital Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence. The recital is ticketed through the Lied Center Box Office ($11.00 adults, $6.00 senior citizens and students): call 785.864.2787. Saturday, 21 February, 9:30 a.m. Lecture and 11 a.m. Masterclass presented by Janette Fishell. The Saturday events are free and open to the public.
Sunday, 22 February, 2009, 3:00 p.m.,
Mary Bronaugh Davis, organist, presents the third annual "Fat Sunday" Pop Organ/Piano Concert, at Barry Christian Church, 1500 NW Barry Rd. An 'entertaining' event before Lent.
Sunday, 8 March 2009, 2 p.m.,
Kansas City Theatre Pipe Organ (KCTPO) presents Brett Valliant, organist. Kansas City Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St., KCMO, 64105. Open to the public; free; donations encouraged.
Music Director & Organist
Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111. 1S, 1R, P (Reuter/Wicks, 3M, 23R), $N. Effective 7/1/2009. Application deadline 3/1/2009. Contact Rev. Scott Myers at (816) 931-1032 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Church website is www.westportpresbyterian.org.
Leawood Baptist Church, 8200 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66206, is seeking a part-time person to play organ or piano each Sunday morning, accompany choir rehearsals Wednesday or Thursday evenings, be available for periodic vocal and instrumental rehearsals. Must be comfortable with traditional and contemporary styles of worship. Salary: $175/week. Contact Michelle Patton, Director of Worship, Music & Young Adult Ministries. Phone 913.649.0100 or email: email@example.com.
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Pianist needed to accompany youth choir rehearsals and once a month and performance in Sunday morning services, $30/hr. Must have experience accompanying choirs. For more information contact Barbara Eichenberger,816.373.6197.
Pianist and Handbell Ensemble Leader
Park Hill Christian Church, 6601 NW 72nd St., Kansas City, MO 64151. 2S (plus seasonal), 3R (choir, bells, praise team). Contact Rev. Kimi Whipple. Ch: 816-741-1851 or firstname.lastname@example.org; (cell) 816.516.4239.
Indian Heights United Methodist Church, 10211 Nall Ave., Overland Park, KS 66207. 2S, 4R, E, $N. Excellent piano skills (organ skills a plus), choral and chime experience with children, youth adults. For complete job description and more information, contact Robert Douglas at email@example.com.
Part-time Organist Position in Colorado
Father Dyer United Methodist Church, Breckenridge, CO, seeks part-time organist. 1S, 1R, extra Holy Week, Christmas services for additional compensation. Benefits include ski pass, teaching privileges, etc. Submit resume, salary requirements, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. This positions may be combined with office management our youth ministry duties to create a full-time position. See www.fatherdyer.org for more information.
$400.00 prize, awarded in May 2009. Adult, youth, children's ensembles audition by cassette. Entry deadline: application postmarked by 1 April 2009. Contact AGO member Mary Davis for a form: 1400 NE 76th Terr., KCMO, 64118, or call 816.436.1419 or email email@example.com.
|Tom Atkin, MSM – org, lit, dir||913.722.2404|
|Betty Bauer – org, lit||913.814.9021 or 913.488.8417|
|Phyllis Curtis, MM – org||(4th & 5th Sundays only) 913.839.8856, 913.406.5327
|Doris Daniels – org, lit||816-431-3244, 816-721-3191 or 913.288.7129|
|Sharon Davies, BM – org||816.331.5581|
|Kathy Hellwege, BSE – org, dir, lit, sop, alto||913.362.0594 or 913.706.0126|
|Steven McDonald – org, dir, lit||785.841.4696
|Nick Mourlam, SPC – org, lit||913.488.1272|
|John Pitchford, MM, SPC – org||913.663.3768|
|Dale Ramsey, MM – org, dir||816.322.8985
or 816.797.3014 (cell)
|Ann Marie Rigler, DMA – org, lit||816.415.3792
|James Snyder, DMA – org, dir||816.765.1721 or 816.719.3289|
|Nancy Stankiewicz, BA – org., lit||913.642.8642|
|Marilyn VanderLinden – org, lit
||(very early or evening), 816.665.4441|
|Ann Warzyn, BME, SPC – org||816.453.5027|
|Roger Wischmeier, DMA, CAGO – org||(Wed & Sun. p.m.) 816.761.3811|
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
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